Pedro Diniz: I really like the Sepang track, and the atmosphere that the MalaysianÂ´s enthusiasm created. ItÂ´s a good circuit with some quite quick corners, and my only dislike is the really slow one. Last year our car proved well suited to ...
I really like the Sepang track, and the atmosphere that the Malaysian´s enthusiasm created. It´s a good circuit with some quite quick corners, and my only dislike is the really slow one. Last year our car proved well suited to Sepang´s characteristics, so I´m looking forward to another good race there.
Sepang is a very good circuit, and the Malaysians have gone to a lot of trouble to create a world class facility. It´s also the ´home´ Grand Prix for the Sauber Petronas team, so naturally I am looking forward to concluding my career with the team by scoring more championship points.
The Sepang circuit demands high downforce levels - only Monte Carlo and the Hungaroring require more. But overall the grip level is quite low. The number of relatively slow-speed corners and the very tight chicane place a premium on traction. Therefore we will be focusing on maximising the mechanical grip, and optimising the cars around the adhesion offered by the new tyres that Bridgestone will be supplying.
The circuit also has its two relatively long straights, and offers enterprising drivers good op-portunities for overtaking. The weather is always an unknown factor in Malaysia, therefore the Qualifying session on a wet track would be a good challenge for all the teams.